Kevin Mitchell argues for FREE WILL in BS 213
Kevin mitchell (click to play audio, r click to download mp3) In the this episode of Brain Science we talk with neuroscientist Kevin Mitchell about his new book Free Agents: How Evolution Gave Us Free Will. While many neuroscientists and philosophers argue that free will is an illusion, Mitchell argues that the ability to make meaningful choices is part of our evolutionary heritage. He also addresses the important issue of determinism, siding with those physicists who argue that the fundamental nature of our universe is NOT deterministic. These issues are crucial to how we see oursel...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - October 27, 2023 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Books Brain Evolution Decision Making Interviews Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Source Type: podcasts

Is methylphenidate an effective treatment for children and adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and does it cause unwanted effects?
The Cochrane Developmental, Psychosocial and Learning Problems Group produced several reviews relevant to the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and the update for one of these, investigating the drug methylphenidate, was published in March 2023. Here ' s one of the authors, Maja Storm from the Psychiatric Research Unit, Region Zealand in Denmark, to tell us about the latest evidence. (Source: Podcasts from The Cochrane Library)
Source: Podcasts from The Cochrane Library - October 23, 2023 Category: General Medicine Authors: Cochrane Source Type: podcasts

Thomas Metzinger on "The Ego Tunnel" (BS 212)
click to play; right click to download mp3 This month's episode of Brain Science features Thomas Metzinger, author of The Ego Tunnel: The Science of the Mind and the Myth of the Self. Metzinger is a philosopher with a longstanding interest in Philosophy of Mind with a focus on incorporating the findings of neuroscience. We discuss the implications of the discovery that consciousness is a biological process generated by the interaction of the brain, body, and external world. Metzinger also emphasized the importance of considering altered states including dreaming, out of body experien...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - September 22, 2023 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Source Type: podcasts

Molecular Biologist Seth Grant (BS 211)
Seth Grant (click image to play episode, right click to download) This episode of Brain Science features the return of molecular biologist Seth Grant. We briefly review his decades of research into the complexity of the protein structure of the synapse and then we focus on his most recent paper, which describes how the life-span of synapse proteins appears to change as animals age. Grant reflects of the significance of this finding both for animal research and human medicine.This episode is appropriate for listeners of all backgrounds.Seth Grant has previously appeared on Brain Scien...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - August 25, 2023 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Addiction Brain Chemistry dopamine For Newbies Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Synapses Source Type: podcasts

Basics of Neurotransmitters (BS 210)
click image to play episode, right click to download This episode is our first review of neurotransmitters since episode 8 way back in 2007. We start with some basics of neuron function and brain anatomy, but the meat of the episode is a discussion of neurotransmitters and how they work. The key idea is that a simple molecule, such as dopamine, can have a wide variety of effects because of the existence of multiple receptors.This episode is appropriate for listeners of all backgrounds, but might be a little challenging for new listeners. It will be a review episode for longtime liste...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - July 28, 2023 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Addiction Brain Chemistry dopamine For Newbies Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Synapses Source Type: podcasts

"The Entangled Brain" with Luiz Pessoa (BS 209)
Luiz Pessoa; L click to play, R click to download This month's episode of Brain Science is an interview with Luiz Pessoa, author of The Entangled Brain: How Perception, Cognition, and Emotion Are Woven Together.This is Pessoa's first book aimed at a general audience and it provides a concise overview of our current understanding of basic brain function. However, he also explains the limitations of the traditional modular view of the brain. A key take home point is that emotion and cognition are deeply intertwined at every level. Listen now Free transcript e...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - June 23, 2023 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Limbic System Books Brain Research Cognitive Science For Newbies Interviews Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Source Type: podcasts

"Foolproof" with Sander van der Linden (BS 208)
Sander van der linden (click to listen, r click to download) This month's episode is an interview with Cambridge Psychology professor Sander van der Linden, author of Foolproof: Why Misinformation Infects Our Minds and How to Build Immunity. We discuss the important topic of how techniques like appealing to emotion contribute to the spread of misinformation. Dr. Campbell reflects on why this topic is important.Our discussion began with the problem of the “Illusory truth” effect, which is the observation that the more often something is repeated the more likely people are to belie...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - May 26, 2023 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Books Cognitive Science For Newbies Interviews Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Psychology Source Type: podcasts

Aromatase inhibitors for infertility treatment in women with polycystic ovary syndrome
The Cochrane Gynaecology and Fertility Group has prepared more than 220 reviews and, in September 2022, a team from Germany, The Netherlands and New Zealand updated one of these, looking at the use of a drug called letrozole for subfertile women with anovulatory polycystic ovary syndrome. Lead author, Sebastian Franik from the University of M ünster in Germany describes the latest findings in this podcast. (Source: Podcasts from The Cochrane Library)
Source: Podcasts from The Cochrane Library - May 5, 2023 Category: General Medicine Authors: Cochrane Source Type: podcasts

"The Cognitive-Emotional Brain" with Luiz Pessoa (BS 207)
Luiz Pessoa (L click to play, r click to download mp3) This month's episode of Brain Science is an encore presentation of an interview with neuroscientist Luiz Pessoa discussing his fascinating book The Cognitive-Emotional Brain: From Interactions to Integration. We explored the surprising role of the amygdala in decision making and learned that cognition and emotion are deeply intertwined at every level.This month’s transcript is also free. Listen to Episode Get Free episode transcript Premium Subscribers (My Libsyn) have unlimited access to ALL old ep...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - April 28, 2023 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Limbic System Brain Research Cognitive Science Decision Making Emotion Encore Episode Interviews Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Source Type: podcasts

Molecular Biologist Guy Caldwell (pt2: BS 205)
Guy caldwell (click to play audio, r Click to download mp3) BS 205 is a follow-up interview with molecular biologist Dr. Guy Caldwell we learn more about how the tools of molecular biology are used to unravel questions in neurobiology and provide hope for better treatments for problems like Parkinson's Disease.We learn about how gene editing techniques are used test the effects of single nucleotide changes in the neurons of the roundworm C. Elegans. This is possible because humans and C. Elegans share many genes. This makes it possible to economically explore a wide range of possibilit...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - February 24, 2023 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Brain Research dopamine Interviews Neuroscience Parkinson's Disease Podcast Show Notes Source Type: podcasts

Coronapod: How vaccine complacency is plaguing 'COVID zero' strategies
A handful of states around the world have pursued 'COVID zero' strategies. Through a combination of intensive lockdowns, travel restrictions and comprehensive test and trace systems, regions like Tonga, New Zealand, Taiwan, mainland China and Western Australia managed to keep the virus at bay. But now many of these countries are facing new outbreaks on a scale they have not yet seen, and it is being driven in part by vaccine hesitancy. In this episode of Coronapod we discuss how a successful public health campaign can breed new problems when it comes to public perception of risk, and ask how vaccine complacency m...
Source: Nature Podcast - March 18, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Springer Nature Limited Source Type: podcasts

Vitamins and minerals for subfertility in women
Up to one in four couples planning a baby may have difficulty conceiving. Several interventions are available that might help and Cochrane has reviewed many of these. In August 2020, our review of antioxidants for female subfertility was updated and we asked one of the authors, Dr Rebecca Mackenzie-Proctor from the Auckland City Hospital in New Zealand to tell us about the rationale for the review and the latest evidence. (Source: Podcasts from The Cochrane Library)
Source: Podcasts from The Cochrane Library - February 11, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: Cochrane Source Type: podcasts

Oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs compared with other oral pain killers for sprains, strains and bruises
Soft tissue injuries are common and one of the Cochrane Reviews of their treatment was updated in August 2020 to assess the effects of different types of pain killer. Here's Peter Jones from Auckland City Hospital in New Zealand to outline the latest findings. (Source: Podcasts from The Cochrane Library)
Source: Podcasts from The Cochrane Library - November 5, 2020 Category: General Medicine Authors: Cochrane Source Type: podcasts